Just what is an engagement session?
The wedding industry calls it engagement photography, but essentially it’s just a chance for the love between two people to be captured by a professional photographer and either shared with the world or kept just between them. The images captured during an engagement session may be used for “save the date” cards, announcements, on a wedding website and even incorporated into décor to be used on the wedding day. An important side note about an engagement session is that it serves as an opportunity for you to work with your photographer for the first time. It’s an opportunity to get to see how I conduct a shoot and for me to get to know you better as a couple as well. Being in front of the camera for the first time can be a bit intimidating at first. Getting you to a level of comfort during the engagement session helps to ensure as much comfort as possible once the big day arrives. I try and make my engagement shoots fun and more so they resemble you being on a date and there just happens to be a photographer tagging along.
What will happen during your engagement session?
Most sessions will last 2 – 3 hours and will be conducted at locations that were previously determined. First, I will want to get you comfortable with being photographed. There will be laughter, smiling, and maybe even some silly dance moves. I mean who knows right? The whole event is supposed to be fun and it will be. There will be some “posing”, but I am really after capturing those candid moments of interactions between you two. Nobody really likes those cheesy fake smiles that come from trying to force things that are not natural. You are in love with each other and so the chemistry of your love should be flowing freely. I will use the surroundings to try and strike a balance between your environment and your chemistry. These sessions typical fly by and before you know the sun has set, and off we can go to grab some tasty food or a drink.
What to wear?
Wear something that represents you! I want you being yourselves and wearing what makes you happy and that you know you can look back on in years and still feel good about. As far as colors, the idea of having a bit of contrast to the environment in which we are shooting in, can really add some dimension and pop. Do be sure and watch the weather and dress accordingly. We don’t want anyone to not enjoy the experience because they under dressed for the falling temperatures at sunset.
Can we do something creative?
Three letters say it all for this answer. YES, absolutely yes! This session is a way to let your personalities shine. Creating a shoot with a theme that can reflect who you are is a must. Big sports fans and want to shoot at a stadium? I like it. A picnic in a field with wine and deserts or have a favorit